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Abstract Background Gatifloxacin is used for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The optimal dose is unknown. Methods We performed a 28-day gatifloxacin hollow-fiber system model of tuberculosis (HFS-TB) study in order to identify the target exposures associated with optimal kill rates and resistance suppression. Monte Carlo experiments (MCE) were used to identify the dose that would achieve the target exposure in 10000 adult patients with meningeal or pulmonary MDR-TB. The optimal doses identified were validated using probit analyses of clinical data from 2 prospective clinical trials of patients with pulmonary and meningeal tuberculosis. Classification and regression-tree (CART) analyses were used to identify the gatifloxacin minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) below which patients failed or relapsed on combination therapy. Results The target exposure associated with optimal microbial kill rates and resistance suppression in the HFS-TB was a 0–24 hour area under the concentration-time curve-to-MIC of 184. MCE identified an optimal gatifloxacin dose of 800 mg/day for pulmonary and 1200 mg/day for meningeal MDR-TB, and a clinical susceptibility breakpoint of MIC ≤ 0.5 mg/L. In clinical trials, CART identified that 79% patients failed therapy if MIC was >2 mg/L, but 98% were cured if MIC was ≤0.5 mg/L. Probit analysis of clinical data demonstrated a >90% probability of a cure in patients if treated with 800 mg/day for pulmonary tuberculosis and 1200 mg/day for meningeal tuberculosis. Doses ≤400 mg/day were suboptimal. Conclusions Gatifloxacin doses of 800 mg/day and 1200 mg/day are recommended for pulmonary and meningeal MDR-TB treatment, respectively. Gatifloxacin has a susceptible dose-dependent zone at MICs 0.5–2 mg/L.

Original publication





Clinical Infectious Diseases


Oxford University Press (OUP)

Publication Date





S274 - S283